Cyclone Warning Centre to Be Set Up in Thiruvananthapuram Within a Month (Download PDF)

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Union Ministry of Earth Sciences has announced to set up Cyclone Warning Centre in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram. It proposed to set up C-band Doppler weather radar at Mangalore, Karnataka. This comes in view of recent heavy rainfall & concerns over extreme weather activities in future.

Image of Cyclone Warning Centre

Image of Cyclone Warning Centre

Image of Cyclone Warning Centre

Cyclone Warning Centre

  • Centre will be equipped w/state- of-the-art infrastructure including forecasting tools to provide daily weather alerts, issue weather warnings & coastal warnings or bulletins (for fishermenetc).

  • It is expected to be functional w/I month & will cater to needs of Kerala & Karnataka states.

  • It will further strengthen present forecasting activity in India Meteorological Department’s existing office in Thiruvananthapuram.

  • IMD has 6 cyclone warning centres, 4 along east coast at Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Odisha) & Kolkata (West Bengal), & 2 along west coast at Ahmedabad (Gujarat) & Mumbai (Maharashtra).

C-Band Doppler Weather Radar

  • It is proposed to be set up at Mangalore, Karnataka to provide now cast alerts for severe weather, including thunderstorms triggered by heavy rain for next 2 - 3 hours.

  • This radar will cover northern Kerala & Karnataka.

  • It is expected to be installed by end of next year.

  • There are 2 Doppler radars in Kerala at Kochi & Thiruvananthapuram, which cover central & southern districts, respectively.

  • W/addition of this new radar, entire state will be covered for monitoring rainfall & severe weather events.

C-Band Weather Radar Units Include:

  • Hail detection

  • Lightning hazard potential forecasting

  • Highway snow removal

  • Wind Shear Alert for Air Navigation

  • Airport terminal operation

  • Rain/snow line demarcation

  • Melting height detection

  • Weather modification for hail mitigation

  • Insurance claims verification

  • Hydrological modeling

- Published/Last Modified on: October 5, 2018

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